Japan’s ‘Thermae Romae’ Sequel Enjoys Quick Wash B.O. Success

Bath house comedy also confirms appeal in Italy

UDINE, Italy — “Thermae Romae II,” the follow-up to the smash 2012 time-traveling comedy “Thermae Romae,” has become the fastest Japanese pic to pass the two million admissions mark this year. By its 15th day on release “TRII” had sold 2.23 million tickets for a cume of JPY2.87 billion ($28 million). That compares with the JPY5.98 billion ($59 million) achieved by the original.

The comedy, about a bathhouse architect (Hiroshi Abe) in ancient Rome who tries to bring peace to a fractious Empire with ideas drawn from his time travels in present-day Japan, won the My Movies award bestowed by Internet voters at the recently ended Udine Far East Film Festival, with director Hideki Takeuchi in attendance. The original pic was awarded the same prize when it had its world premiere at Udine two years ago.

Tucker Film, the film distribution arm of the Udine fest organization, will release “Thermae Romae” in Italy this June. 

More Film

  • Coco

    'Coco' Tops $400 Million at Worldwide Box Office

    UDINE, Italy — “Thermae Romae II,” the follow-up to the smash 2012 time-traveling comedy “Thermae Romae,” has become the fastest Japanese pic to pass the two million admissions mark this year. By its 15th day on release “TRII” had sold 2.23 million tickets for a cume of JPY2.87 billion ($28 million). That compares with the […]

  • The 15:17 to Paris Trailer

    Watch American Heroes Portray Themselves in Trailer for Clint Eastwood's '15:17 to Paris'

    UDINE, Italy — “Thermae Romae II,” the follow-up to the smash 2012 time-traveling comedy “Thermae Romae,” has become the fastest Japanese pic to pass the two million admissions mark this year. By its 15th day on release “TRII” had sold 2.23 million tickets for a cume of JPY2.87 billion ($28 million). That compares with the […]

  • Owen Gleiberman Variety Best Films of

    Owen Gleiberman's 10 Best Films of 2017

    UDINE, Italy — “Thermae Romae II,” the follow-up to the smash 2012 time-traveling comedy “Thermae Romae,” has become the fastest Japanese pic to pass the two million admissions mark this year. By its 15th day on release “TRII” had sold 2.23 million tickets for a cume of JPY2.87 billion ($28 million). That compares with the […]

  • Esport BAR conference : Brands &

    Reed Midem Expands Its eSports BAR Event For Third Edition

    UDINE, Italy — “Thermae Romae II,” the follow-up to the smash 2012 time-traveling comedy “Thermae Romae,” has become the fastest Japanese pic to pass the two million admissions mark this year. By its 15th day on release “TRII” had sold 2.23 million tickets for a cume of JPY2.87 billion ($28 million). That compares with the […]

  • Jumanji Welcome to the Jungle

    Dwayne Johnson's Busy Slate

    UDINE, Italy — “Thermae Romae II,” the follow-up to the smash 2012 time-traveling comedy “Thermae Romae,” has become the fastest Japanese pic to pass the two million admissions mark this year. By its 15th day on release “TRII” had sold 2.23 million tickets for a cume of JPY2.87 billion ($28 million). That compares with the […]

  • Dwayne Johnson Walk of Fame Honor

    Dwayne Johnson on His Rock-Solid Empire and Walk of Fame Honor

    UDINE, Italy — “Thermae Romae II,” the follow-up to the smash 2012 time-traveling comedy “Thermae Romae,” has become the fastest Japanese pic to pass the two million admissions mark this year. By its 15th day on release “TRII” had sold 2.23 million tickets for a cume of JPY2.87 billion ($28 million). That compares with the […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content